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As part of a flight crew (I flew for middle east regional for the last 4 years with a B747), I am trained to help my passenger as best as I can. But I'm also trained to stay away from any possible hazard and to not taking extra responsibility whenever I can. Your medication is tied to your survival. That is not something I would gladly accept to be ...


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It appears this is not possible for the Big Three US airlines. In fact, your assertion that "I know airplanes have" refrigerators on board seems to be not true in general. United Airlines: "Our aircraft do not have refrigerators on board, so please plan accordingly." Delta (under Special Concerns: Medicine): "Airplanes do not have refrigerators on board, ...


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After a quick look on PubMed, I found a meta-study on the effects of melatonin in various contexts, published in Nutrition Journal (it's open access, so the article is freely accessible without any kind of academic subscription). It makes a "weak recommendation in favor of melatonin use for rebalancing the sleep-wake cycle in people with jet lag." Here are ...


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I do not have a link to a scientific research to prove this, but as a crew member, in the airline crews community, Melatonin is one of the most used remedies to overcome jetlagging problem we face every week as a part of our job as we need to fix the jetlag problem after every flight to be able to operate the next assignment which might be less than a day ...


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I was walking around Narita Airport (Tokyo) today during a transit, and saw these signs outside toilets that immediately reminded me of this question. It appeared that all the toilets in Terminal 2 ( where I was) had the facilities. Feeling curious, I also took a photo of what I presumed to be these facilities in the disabled toilet. Therefore, another ...


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It doesn't get much more impartial or authoritative than the World Health Organisation (WHO), and they keep clearly written, regularly updated pages on Zika. For travel, I recommend their excellent Q&A document. In particular, note they don't advise against travel: To protect against Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, everyone should ...


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Right now the Canadian travel advisory warns of the Zika virus in the Dominican Republic, as does the UK. They're recommending "special precaution", which isn't the highest alertness level, but enough to be taken into consideration, here's what they say (emphasis mine) It is recommended that pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant ...


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I went to China and didn't have a single problem. There are a few measures you can take to avoid problems: Wash your hands carefully (I guess this is applicable everywhere). Don't go and eat directly too exotic foods. Leave a bit of time to your body to get used to Asian food. Alternate food you are used to with more exotic food so that the shock for your ...


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Most of the people won't have any reaction from what the news are saying. Then, it is really hard to know the long term impact of an infected mosquito bite. With regards to protections : There are a lot of products available to protect yourself from mosquito. Those are pretty effective. Then, an obvious protection is to leave the lowest possible number of ...


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No country will ever control the mosquito, at best they might reduce its population in cities. Mosquitoes are one place GMO would be great, modify their genes so the female does not need to blood to produce her eggs ;-) There is only one real course of action against Zika, Dengue, JE and the myriad of other mosquito borne diseases ... don't get bitten. ...


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In my experience, I once brought a bottle of liquid on board that was around 300ml (i.e. more than the allowed size) that contained a medical solution that was needed for my survival. I gave a detailed explanation of what it was during the boarding hand luggage scan, and was allowed to bring it on. I believe in the same manner you could bring your cooler ...


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For me as a flight attendant, my biggest concerns is not about the cigarette. But the smoke. Fire is on the top of the hazard list. And we identify it by the smoke (and the scent). We are trained to spot smoke, identify the source and to drop everything to handle it immediately. So its not about the nicotine I just have to say it again one more time, any ...


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According to the Government of Australia's website, which would be more reliable than some blogger, you can bring a three month supply along with a English version of the prescription. http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Brin/Can-I-bring-it-back/Can-I-Bring-It-Back-Medicine/Can-I-Bring-Medicine-Back (do you think their web guru could have packed any more ...


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Not the expert in this field, but in my opinion, prices will not go down. Oil prices went down big time, and ticket prices didn't change a bit. Other epidemics in the past few years did not end up making ticket prices lower. What happens is, people are scared to go to Latin America, fine! airlines will simply make flights less to that part, and see where ...


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I visited several places in China and had no problems. I will admit that I stayed in some nice hotels and took the obvious precaution of drinking bottled water. That said, general hygiene considerations such as washing your hands and then being aware of what you are touching afterwards is important. The door handle for the toilet being one thing to watch ...


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The same precautions to prevent malaria apply for preventing Zika. On top of that, the current and future spread of Zika is fairly well documented, so you could choose to avoid particular areas. That said, though there are obvious risks, there are much more likely challenges to worry about (malaria, dengue, food poisoning, etc.) As you can see in the ...


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Update: Even while declaring an international public health emergency, the WHO are not advising against travel, so the size of any impact is likely to be pretty modest: The Committee found no public health justification for restrictions on travel or trade to prevent the spread of Zika virus. At present, the most important protective measures are the ...


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I can say that the risk of Zika is everywhere but since I am Dominican and I have family back in the island I can tell you that, I haven't heard of any one with the case is Zika. So, I would say go and enjoy and buy repellent. I actually buy this one for my clothing. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001ANQVZE


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I wouldn't go if I was female and planning on having a baby, ever Until more information is known, I would not go. Here is the current CDC advisory for the DR. It does not list Zika. Zika is there though. Here is the current CDC advisory for the Caribbean which DOES list Zika. Here is the CDC Zika Website. If you are a female and plan on having ...


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In western Europe, the practice of shaking hands is common, with anyone you meet, including your doctor. Recent research shows that there is very low risk to that; if you seriously want to avoid getting infection, you should adopt the East-Asian pratice of wearing face masks in public.


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Do you actually have to keep insulin cold? I know diabetics who store insulin in a refrigerator at home and on vacation, but simply carry it in their carryon while traveling -- no ice or insulation. This seems to be normal -- the website diabetes.co.uk says: While it’s best to be prepared, insulin can handle short trips when not refrigerated. It’s ...


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The simplest solution is to be self-reliant. Use artificial "ice-packs", insulation, and your carry-on luggage. Do not allow protein-based drugs to go through scanning machines. When purchased from a mail-order pharmacy, most such refrigerated medicines are shipped with "ice-packs" in a foam-insulated box. These boxes are usually too large to fit inside ...


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I live in French Polynesia (tropical country) and I use monoi. I works very well against mosquitoes, you just have to put more every 3-4 hours. The mosquitoes here really like to bite the feet, especially when I'm working at my desk so I don't bother covering my whole body with monoi, just my feet and ankles.



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